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Tuesday 12 December 2017

Fitzpatrick tips Aussies to shine

ONCE New Zealand were able to deny Japan and bring the 2011 World Cup to their shores, the smart money was on the All Blacks to capture their first title since 1987 (the last time the tournament was staged in New Zealand). However, former All Blacks hooker Sean Fitzpatrick -- part of that 1987 side -- believes Graham Henry's side will implode again and instead tips Australia to add to their 1991 and 1999 triumphs."

"Australia's going to be the team to beat," said Fitzpatrick. "They're building up nicely, they've got a good scrum and good line-out. The All Blacks are still No 1, but we've lost a bit of the aura because we play each other so often these days."

Meanwhile, Australian legend David Campese (part of the 1991-winning side) believes the tournament suffers from the fact that only a small number of teams are capable of winning it.

"You throw in a Portugal in 2007 and win by 111 points, and two weeks later, you play France. It's not fair. But the football World Cup, no one knows who will win it."

Irish Independent

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